Lake County

Wild, Rugged North

Infinite adventures from
the North Shore to the Boundary waters

Lake County in Minnesota sits along the Lake Superior North Shore from Knife River to Little Marais. It extends north to the Canadian Border, near Ely, MN, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Lake County boasts four gorgeous state parks, including Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Tettegouche State Park, and George Crosby-Manitou State Park. Our state parks offer many miles of scenic hiking trails featuring rivers, waterfalls, and deep forests.

You’ll find breathtaking views of the Lake Superior shoreline, excellent lakeshore resorts, hotels, campgrounds, and endless outdoor adventures! We welcome you to Lake County.

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Winter North Shore Lodging Specials

Best Lodging Deals on Minnesota’s North Shore The North Shore explodes with winter outdoor adventures! Rarely does Lake Superior freeze over during winter, so it’s …

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10 Ways to Get Hygge in Lake County

You’re probably familiar with the famous Danish lifestyle trend of Hygge (pronounced “Hyoo-guh”); the Scandinavian term embraces feelings of coziness, happiness, and comfort by appreciating …

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Lake County Winter Adventure Guide

Ah, winter! While some folks curl up under a blanket and hibernate during the winter, resilient Minnesotans find frolicking outdoors invigorating! Enjoying the outdoors during …

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There's snow place like lake county.

When the snow falls, northern Minnesota transforms into a winter wonderland. From snowshoeing or hiking through our scenic state parks, blazing new trails on a sled, or simply soaking in the magical beauty of new-fallen snow, Lake County makes the ultimate winter adventure destination.

Browse our Winter Adventure Guide for winter activity recommendations and tips for a grand up-north getaway.

Upcoming Events

  • Artist Reception for Gordon Dietzman
    February 3, 2023
    Come and meet nature photographer, Gordan Dietzman! Gordon Dietzman grew up on a dairy farm in the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin where he hiked, studied wildlife, and enhanced wildlife habitat. That experience with both [...]
  • 06 Feb
    February 6, 2023
    Open Cribbage League - 2 person teams, $10/person, no weekly commitment & no subs needed.  Just show up if you want to play!
  • 08 Feb
    February 8, 2023
    Karaoke night with Fish
  • Two Harbors Winter Frolic
    February 10, 2023
    The annual Two Harbors Winter Frolic brings the different generations of our community together for a fun-filled weekend of snowy activities! Every year our city puts together an awesome schedule filled with live music, vendors, [...]

Explore Our Communities

Beaver Bay

Beaver Bay The oldest settlement on the north shore Beaver Bay (pop. 121) was founded in 1856 by German immigrants. Visit the Tourist Information Center on the east end of town, operated by the Bay …

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Fall Lake

Fall Lake Township & the Boundary Waters the World’s Most Pristine Wilderness In the northern region of Lake County (just east of Ely, MN) you’ll find Fall Lake Township which encompasses a large portion of the Boundary Waters …



Finland & Isabella Rugged wilderness & a captivating history Finland From MN-61, just over eight miles north on Highway 1, you’ll find the community of Finland, Minnesota, nestled in the Baptism River Valley and surrounded …


Knife River

Knife River, MN, was settled by Captain Charles Anderson, a Norwegian seaman born in Oslo in 1840, and his wife Serene. Following the arrival of the Alger-Smith Duluth & Northern Minnesota Railroad, the tiny settlement …


Silver Bay

Silver Bay, Minnesota A north shore gem Silver Bay, nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains, was homesteaded by fisherman Oscar Pederson in 1920; the captain of the steamship America gave the town its name, who thought …


Two Harbors

Two Harbors, Minnesota In the late 1800s, the area of Two Harbors was actually divided into two separate communities, Agate Bay and Burlington. In 1907, the two communities merged together and became incorporated and were …


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